U.S. moves into medal round

Posted July 11, 2017

Hitting 5-of-8 3s in the game's opening quarter, and making 12-of-19 3s for the game, the USA Men's U19 World Cup Team (6-1) quickly distanced itself from Spain (5-2) and sprinted on to a 96-72 victory in the bronze medal game of the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt.

Canada won the title after defeating Italy 79-60 in the final match. In the meantime, Purdue's Carsen Edwards contributed 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists. But it was a second consecutive disappointing game for United Kingdom redshirt freshman guard Hamidou Diallo, who had only eight points on 2-for-11 shooting.

The Canadians were led by R.J. Barrett, the consensus best player in the Class of 2019 and arguably the best prospect to ever come from Canada.

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It was Iran's first win in the tournament as the Persians lost to USA, Italy, Angola, Spain, Egypt and South Korea. At times, we needed stops and we just couldn't get a rebound, things like that. Another Kentucky player, Tai Wynyard, averaged 14.3 points for New Zealand.

The U.S. squad scored 17 of the first 21 points and jumped out to a 25-6 lead after the first quarter. "Nobody should have that many points on us", said Pritchard. The Americans had a 62-53 rebound advantage and grabbed 30 offensive boards leading to 22 second-chance points.

The USA defense limited Germany to 39.4 percent shooting in the game, and just 13-of-36 shooting from the field in the second half, including 2-of-10 from behind the 3-point line.

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The U.S. closed the gap to six points, but for every comeback attempt the US mounted, Canada fought off the rally to earn the win.

OR sophomore and team USA's Payton Pritchard and incoming freshman and Canada's forward Abu Kigab were named to the 2017 FIBA Under-19 World Cup All-Star Team.

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